I’m writing this on Wednesday morning, April 8th, as the Yankees have just taken possession of the lead in the American League East, for the first time this season, following their win in their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.
Despite this good start there have been some difficult moments for the Yankees after a relatively injury free spring. Here they are:
March 22: As I’ve already mentioned in a previous column, Brendan Ryan went to the DL with a pinched spine nerve. He’s not expected back until the middle of the month at the earliest but the good news is that Dean Anna seems to be coping well as his fill-in.
April 5: Mark Teixeira, who was out most of last season with a wrist injury, went to the disabled list, with a strained right hamstring. He picked this up making a difficult fielding play on the astro turf in the first game of the series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Stadium. He’s not expected back until May. The Yankees really didn’t prepare too well for this possibility in Spring Training. They’ve called up Austin Romine from Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Romine is normally a catcher and this will mean an awkward mix in the infield without a regular first baseman.
April 7: David Robertson, who is the new closer on the Bronx Bombers, is headed for the disabled list with a groin strain. No call-up details have been announced but if last night is anything to go by then Shawn Kelley will stand-in as closer until Robertson returns. That return will probably happen in May if recovery goes smoothly.
In other news……………
As I expected the Yankees made every effort to trade infielder Eduardo Nunez who has become surplus to requirements this year. This has concluded with Nunez being traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed pitcher, Miguel Sulbaran.
Sulbaran spent last season at A-level clubs with the Twins organisation. He is 20 years of age and Venezuelan. Nunez batted .267 in 270 games during his stint with New York.